Honoring Newington Volunteers Gary Sullivan and Steven Lindquist

Assignments: Germ Busters/Landscape Assistants/Foster Care

Length of Service: 2 years, 9 months and 1 year, 3 months respectively

We chose CHS for our volunteer work because… After each of us retired after 35+ years in the corporate world, we knew we wanted to do something very different. We adopted our two cats from CHS-Newington in 2015 and were very impressed with all that they do.

Something new we learned by volunteering at CHS was… How many ways you can help. We help with landscaping, besides germ busting. Even though landscaping has no direct contact with the animals, it helps the staff do other important things for the animals. In taking care of the appearance of the gardens and grounds, people coming to adopt will have a good first impression and know their new pet has been well cared for too.

The thing that surprised us the most about working with pets was… How the breed barrier is broken. Many dog breeds have a bad reputation, but in caring for all of them, they are just mush-balls wanting and giving love.

Our advice for new volunteers is… EVERYTHING and anything you do improves the life of the animal. They appreciate the love and care you provide. Their life has been disrupted and you are now improving it.

Our favorite things to do outside of CHS are… We collect Carnival Glass and are members of various CG clubs across the country. We also enjoy visiting U.S. National Parks and have been to 28 of the 63. DIY projects, gardening, stained glass, baking/cooking, and entertaining are other interests.